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Blue Meanies

Blue Meanies: The Post WaveThe Post Wave (2000)
Universal Music Group

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Ok this is a little late coming, but deal with it! Over the course of their career, the Blue Meanies have made some, shall we say, "challenging" ska-punk music. Not always listenable, but always kinetic, the Blue Meanies could at least be counted on for a dose of insanity. On their most recent .
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Ok this is a little late coming, but deal with it! Over the course of their career, the Blue Meanies have made some, shall we say, "challenging" ska-punk music. Not always listenable, but always kinetic, the Blue Meanies could at least be counted on for a dose of insanity. On their most recent album, "The Post Wave", the Meanies have really come into their own, playing a brand of rock previously unheard by human ears.

The ska element that used to be in the mix is now almost totally gone. Instead, these songs are mostly mid-tempo punky-new wave with horns. As a nice touch, the CD lyric sheet provides the fan with explainations of each song, which can be handy when trying to read into vocalist Billy Spunke's cryptic songs.

The opener is an anti-drug rant called "Lay it Out". It's one of the faster songs on the album, and thats not to say that it chugs along at a break-neck pace. It sucks the listener in however, setting the stage for more moody fare such as the second song "All the Same". The third song, "Chemicals" is the first single, and is a little preachy for my taste. It's still a great song however. Other gems include the sickly, dark humor of tunes like "Do the Tightbelt", "Mama Getting High on Chardonnay", and "TV Girl". As an added treat, the Meanies team up with Jane Wiedlin of Go-Go's fame for the song "She Breathes Fire". Each song on this album is a keeper, rare for a Meanies album.

On "The Post Wave", the band has matured into a class all their own, leaving the ranks of faceless ska-punk behind. The guitars still churn, the keys still screech, and the horns still swirl. This album will most likely remain highly over-looked and underrated, which is sad, and may have contributed to the Meanies current state of "coma". Hopefully, once the band regroups, we will get another disc at least half this good.

 

 
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neffernin (June 6, 2007)

I bought this album, listened to it once and then set it down relatively disappointed. At some point I looked at it again and figured I'd give it another shot. After a couple of disappointing listening throughs, I found myself strangely attracted to this album. I don't know if its the music as much as its the amazing lyrics, but this is one of my favorite albums now. Go figure.

Anonymous (September 21, 2002)

but then he said the ska-punk element is gone. So, I guess your the fuckin moron.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

hey fuck face. he called them skapunk right here, "Over the course of their career, the Blue Meanies have made some, shall we say, "challenging" ska-punk music. " right there, you fucking moron, suck my fucking dick. you can't read worth a shit i guess.
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Anonymous (May 13, 2002)

this album took a little while to get into, but i started getting into it and it's one one the better albums that i own. on the level of full throttle and the live record.

Anonymous (May 11, 2002)

The reviewer said they aren't a ska punk band ya fuckin imbecile. Can't you read?

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

my god the reviewer is a fuckin idiot. the blue meanies are not a skapunk band. they have never been, and never will be. yes..they do have some ska in their music..but they stopped playing it after kiss your ass goodbye. just because a band expierments with ska, does not make they a ska band. the blue meanies can not be put in any genre of music, they are just genius and deserve better than to be called "ska-punk".

Anonymous (October 2, 2001)

Most underreated album of all time. A must have for all music lovers.

Aubin (May 4, 2001)

Thanks, I fixed the picture... as for the covers themselves, I just look around for scanned copies on various music sites... some are easy to find, others are a real bitch, but I think a review looks really lame without them, so I try to find them.

Anonymous (April 30, 2001)

hey aubin, wrong album cover!i was kinda wondering where you get all the images to paste next to the reviews?

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